Thursday, October 17, 2019

Youth Deer Gun Season Opens This Weekend

Youths 17 and under who want an early chance to take a deer with a firearm can venture out to the woods this Friday-Sunday for the 2019 youth deer gun season.

This season is designed to gives youths the first opportunity of the fall to use a gun to hunt deer. Deer archery season has been open since Oct. 1 and deer muzzleloader season opens Oct. 26. Deer gun season will open Nov. 23.

Youth deer gun season is a great way to introduce new hunters to the deer-hunting tradition. More often than not, the weather is mild and conditions are comfortable for the kids.

All youths hunting this weekend must have the appropriate youth deer gun season license(s), which are sold online at, and they must be accompanied by someone 18 or older who cannot have a firearm but can archery-hunt with the required license(s). Also, youths 10 years of age and older hunting this weekend must be hunter education-certified or use an apprentice-designated license if not certified.

Remember that anyone, including archers and adults who accompany youths, in the woods during any open big-game firearms season is required to abide by hunter orange clothing regulations. Waterfowl, crow or crane hunters are exempt from hunter orange.

For complete information and licensing requirements, consult the current Oklahoma Hunting and Fishing Regulations Guide online at, on the Go Outdoors Oklahoma free mobile app for Apple and Android devices, or in print across the state wherever hunting and fishing licenses are sold.

Laura Brown, KXMX Staff Writer

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